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Alternative options (School System)
Lopez Island
November 2, 2019
Posted by Eden Rose, Lopez Island

Hi Lopez,

I’d like to start a conversation about educational alternatives. I am an educator with a background in private (Montessori), charter, public, non-profit, library youth services, grant programs, and reservation educational systems. I have studied most alternative models that are out there, and stacked them in regards to how humans learn and develop. So...

I have concluded that homeschooling co-ops can be a wonderful option, particularly when there is a community effort and system of support. One hurdle with this for a lot of folks who don’t have an education background, is that homeschooling can feel too overwhelming. There are options however. One is to create a curriculum and resource library. There are two good choices.in my opinion. Creating a non-profit (something the co-op parents would co-create,) or a for-profit membership service, where parents pay a monthly fee to check out unit and lesson plans, and didactive or manipulative materials, consumables, etc. One rough business plan could look like a for-profit co-op where curriculum developers share earnings through the membership fee revenues. The space could simply be a shed on someone’s property, that is open once a week for check-outs. Staffing for that time could rotate. Just one idea!

I’m suggesting this with an offer to support, and or guide, and or possibly consider building this as a team effort.

I’ve had parents ask me many times to “start my own school” and my response has always been that I will happily support a collaborative effort to build whatever is needed and desired in my community. If there is any interest in any of these options, I’m open to volunteering some time and sharing what I know, and what I think could work. Educating children is not something one family should have to be solely responsible for, if the public option is not working for them.

Thanks for listening!

Eden


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Eden Rose: Alternative options

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Well Bruce, I’m sorry you feel that people having a right to choose what’s best for their child’s education is in any way a threat to the community. I think someone mentioned already that School funds would not be affected by that choice. So I’m.... Read all
Bruce Ellestad: Alternative options

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Our public school takes ALL kids who show up at their door. No one is excluded. All resources available are mustered to give them what we can give them to meet their needs.

If you think our school needs an "alternative," are you aware.... Read all
Eden Rose: Alternative options

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I’d like to add counterpoint to Bruce’s opinion that homeschool is elitist. For one it is true that public school is the main option for people may not have financial means, but most people who do have financial abundance are sending their children to.... Read all
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Hi Bruce,

To respond to your comments, a few things: for one I am not offering to create a school. I’m offering to volunteer my time to either consult or help build some thing in whatever way the community may desire. I do not have my own.... Read all
Staci French: Alternative options

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Thank you for the beautiful offer Eden. I have three children, all with different schooling needs. The "one box fits all" of the public school system isn't working for all. Add in the chaos and lack of accountability that has been happening.... Read all
Brenda Asterino: Alternative options

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I don't think anyone is saying that there is something wrong with the majority of the teachers. Teachers have been filing complaints for a long time! Hurray for them! When they were ignored, they got an attorney, Yeah for them! It does seem that.... Read all
Tim Nurczyk: Alternative options

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Bruce, funding for the school comes from property taxes, not attendees. So homeschooling actually frees up more capital for those who are forced to or choose to send their children to the public school. It would be nice if those who choose to homeschool.... Read all
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Our public school system needs more support (than ever), not less. As a famous politician once said, “Any fool can burn a barn down, but it takes a skilled carpenter to build one.“ Why not volunteer your skills to help make our own school better for.... Read all
Brenda Asterino: Alternative options

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Dealing with different wiring is what I've done as an educator and also an energy worker. Eden is correct in what she says. Some I've worked with just need to know their perspective is not "wrong" and to understand there are other.... Read all
Eden Rose: Alternative options

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Hey Laura, if you’d like to chat sometime please reach out. 970.442.0274 or barberryhead@gmail.com
I have a bit of understanding of “differently wired” and would love to hear more about that. I have a lot of respect for parents of children with.... Read all
Laura Sage: Alternative options

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Id be interested in talking about alternative options. We currently do Parent Partner for my 8th grader but even that seems overwhelming, for both her and I. Having a differently wired kid is extra challenging in curriculum development, and having zero.... Read all
Brenda Asterino: Alternative options

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When my daughter was a preschooler, a group ran a coop. I joined and became a part of the administration as part of my cycle of service to the larger group. As an educator, I'd had training in traditional education. The more Montessori approach.... Read all